TUESDAY: June 23, 2020: SOMETIMES the cards fall the right way!
On this occasion, they certainly did for leading Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup.
The owners of expensive and lightly-raced filly Paprena decided to transfer her to NSW six weeks ago after only one start in Victoria when unplaced as an odds-on favorite – and Widdup got the nod.
Having her first start for her new trainer, Paprena ($13) made a stylish beginning to her NSW career by easily winning the XXXX Gold Provincial & Country Maiden Handicap (1100m) at Hawkesbury today.
With Tommy Berry aboard, the Fastnet Rock filly led home a Hawkesbury trifecta in defeating Mike Van Gestel’s Titan Star ($7) and Terry Croft’s Bartandthequeen ($31).
“The owners took a vote on who should train her in NSW, and luckily I was the recipient of the filly,” a delighted Widdup said this evening.
“It was good to get a win with her straight away, and I’m sure she can improve.”
Paprena fetched $500,000 as a yearling in 2018. She is the fourth foal of the General Nediym mare Paprika, who as a two-year-old won her first four races in Queensland before finishing a close second to subsequent Golden Slipper Stakes winner Phelan Ready in the 2009 Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.
Paprena began her racing career with Caulfield co-trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr, and made an inauspicious debut when a $1.90 favorite and seventh (beaten nearly 12 lengths) in a 1200m Maiden Plate at Bairnsdale on May 3.
She was fractious in the barrier and underwent a veterinary examination before being cleared to run. After a slow start, she was never a winning chance and pulled lame in the off foreleg.
“Paprena played up at the jumpouts after she came to me, and I recommended to her owners that we send her to fellow Hawkesbury trainer Daniel Robinson for a couple of weeks,” Widdup said.
“Daniel is an excellent horseman who gave her barrier practice and did a good job.
“I trialled her at home over 800m last Monday, and thought she went well finishing second even though there were only four runners.”
RacingNSW stewards reported Paprena provided difficult to load into the barrier stalls today and subsequently put a warning on her record.
Whilst she was difficult to load, Paprena was also difficult to catch in the straight and raced to an easy victory even though her rider had to stop and straighten her when she shifted in passing the 150m.
Widdup clinched his 36th success of the season, and again has Tommy Berry on board when stablemate Tycoonist contests the Maiden Handicap (1250m) at Canterbury tomorrow.
The Written Tycoon colt has finished fourth at both runs this preparation, and bypassed today’s Mounties Group 2YO Maiden Handicap (1400m) at Hawkesbury because of a wide draw.
Widdup has also booked Nash Rawiller for Sandbar in Saturday’s Benchmark 94 Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.